Getting Rejected From a Top Publication Was The Best Thing That Happened To Me.

Now if you want dirt on what publication it was I’m not telling you. Editors do an incredible job on all outlets and I’m not here to slag them off.

Harry Potter was refused by more than 10 editors before being picked up.

All editors have their own taste, reading is subjective.

My Writing

A couple of weeks ago I wrote a flash fiction piece. I submitted it to a publication and they came back and wanted major changes to it. I will discuss these later.

I looked at their comments, reread the piece and thought, no I like what I have done I don’t think it needs the alterations.

I hit the publish button without the backing of a publication. One week on and it has some of the best stats for a fiction piece I have written. It started by receiving 30 claps in the first five minutes. One of the people that liked it was an author I admired. It was a great result.

Now before we go on I am going to give the opportunity to read the piece if you wish. We are about to embark on some major spoiler territory. So if you want to read it first, click away.


What Happened

The comments I received wanted me to change the end and explain what had happened to the man. One called him a conman. Not what I intended at all. They also wanted me to explain the role of the waitress. I thought that was obvious when I wrote it.

All the stories I write end this way with a big reveal, that you don’t see coming. These are the stories I enjoy reading so these are the stories I write.

By adding to and explaining the end of it would have spoilt the story. I want my readers to go away and discuss the end. Even have a difference of opinion. It was clear from the editors’ comments, that they didn’t get it.


  • Go with your gut. You know your writing better than anyone. This is how you build confidence.
  • You are free to follow your own path, let your readers decide rather than editors and critics what is good or not.
  • If one editor hates your work keep going. Reading is subjective what one hates, another may love.
  • Whatever you write. Write something you are proud of.

 Success will follow.

Published by Sam H Arnold

Sam H Arnold is a writer of True Crime, Parenting and Writing Tips articles. If you have enjoyed her work you might consider donating her a coffee on Ko-Fi. Links to this and all her other work can be found on the about me page.

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